Archive for June, 2015


Be a Voice Not an Echo

A good friend of mine once penned an excellent quote that has stuck with me for more than a decade.  The quote has helped to shape leadership qualities rather than following the crowd qualities in me.  It is simply stated “Be a voice not an echo.”

Our nation has made some key decisions in its history that modified the appearance and heart of the country.

Without making this a long post, I will get to the point.  For a nation founded upon principles that line up with Christianity, intending to uphold pure values in its original documents, they missed the mark with the supreme courts decision this week.  We the People in 30 states by majority approved bans…and 9 people overturned that right to choose…all while the other two branches of government act like their hands are tied to fulfill their duty to keep the other branches of government in check.  A vivid example of tyranny…not because of the context of the decision, but by not upholding the will of the people to choose.

Speaking if the context of the recent decision, my opinion and choice shall remain that marriage is God given and only between one man and one woman.  Homosexuality and transgender is sin…but now let me continue this a bit…keep reading.  Believing this is sin, I also must outwardly admit that I am no better.  I eat too much food (glutony).  I lie.  I do think I should when I shouldn’t and don’t do things that I should.  I am a sinner.

The good thing is that all of us, me especially, can call out to God, confess with our mouth that Jesus is Lord and be saved.  We can choose to believe He was born a virgin, lived a perfect life, died for our sins in our place, came back to life and will come back for those that have decided to follow Him.  It is the honest belief in Christ; the true posture of your heart that saves you.  This is truely where love wins.  I pray all reading this have done the above or will soon.  I am praying for you.

One last related thing…So just to make sure we are clear…yes, i am a Christian.  I believe the Bible.  I do not support homosexuality or homosexual marriage.  Yes, I still love you.  Yes, we are still friends.  No, I am not judging you…only God can do that.  No, I am not condemning you to Hell.  No, I will not let anyone bully you.  But realize that name-calling and stereotyping those of us who stand for what we believe is exactly what you don’t want done to you.  We have a right to speak what we believe, same as you have a right to speak what you believe.

May God bless you this day!

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We live and work on the outer edge of the Ozarks, miles away from the nearest city, in the hills of Cookson…and I am super proud of that compound sentence.  Being in the sticks we encounter all kinds of wildlife that keep us on our toes.  Weird bugs and spiders, colorful birds, deer, groundhogs, coons, frogs, and the occasional snake.  As a matter of fact, I rode a snake yesterday!…No.  Seriously.  I did.

The horse named Snake.  If I understand correctly, the name comes from the curved marking on his forehead.  He’s a young guy here on campus, one of several horses used for equine therapy and recreation.  He was my training buddy during a morning session where several riders were learning how to pivot a horse.  He was learning while I was learning so it took us time and patience to get the hang of it, but eventually, we got it.